With so many pressures on your purse strings and wallet at this time of year, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you really can’t afford to take any time off. That said, what if there were a way to exercise your entrepreneurial skills by earning money doing something you enjoyed? Not sure how to do it? You’re not the only one…
It’s why we’ve put together a whole host of ideas, hints, and tips that will show you how you can bring in plenty of extra money in the run-up to the most special time of year. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know.
Clear snow for your neighbors
This is an obvious one, but there aren’t that many people doing it either. If you want easy money that will allow you to get fit and have a sense of achievement before the sun is up, start shoveling snow. By guaranteeing you’ll have it done before they are even up, you can offer a service that will be worth its weight in gold to them. Ideal if you want your name to be recommended dozens of times before the spring comes.
Assist young mothers and the elderly by running errands
Young moms and the elderly really don’t want to venture out into the freezing cold, which means they’ll certainly be willing to pay a little bit extra for someone they can rely on. Advertise yourself on Facebook and on local noticeboards and you’ll have a couple of regulars before you know it. Just make sure you don’t spread yourself so far and wide that the quality of your service begins to suffer. By making sure you always prioritize the regulars, you can ensure this never happens.
Help clear parking lots when the snow falls
Just as driveways need plenty of shoveling at this time of year, carparks will need their fair share of plowing too. There aren’t all that many companies who do it, which means if you can make the right first impression, your reputation will soon spread far and wide. You’ll probably also find you become the go-to when the owner wants the same service next winter and the one after that.
Build a reputation in the local community
Creating a one-page website with a reviews page is the best way to turn your happy customers into your very own free marketing team. Their kind words will provide the all-important social proof that really takes your side business to the next level, and it’s so easy to do that you can have everything up and running within the hour.
Set up an online store selling deicer and snow shovels
Online stores don’t have to there all year round, so why not create the ultimate seasonal winter store? By buying grit, deicer, and snow shovels in bulk you can increase your margins with the click of a button. Focus on fast deliveries and quick dispatch so that you never give anyone reason for complaint. You’ll soon find that your business goes from strength to strength a lot faster than you were expecting.
Rent out sleds in the local park
Renting out sleds is a great way to make a fortune when the snow is coming down. Most parents won’t have thought to bring one with them, but when the little ones see them they won’t be able to resist handing over a couple of dollars. If you’re feeling particularly entrepreneurial, why not set up a stand selling sweets and hot chocolate to go with the sleds?
Make and sell your own cards and decorations
In the age of mass-produced everything, we all love the unique look and feel of a handmade product. Making your own cards and festive decorations is a great way to embrace your love of crafting whilst earning some money on the side at the same time. Platforms like Etsy allow you to showcase what you have to offer to a global audience without any of the hassle and overheads of launching your own online store.
Sell firewood in bulk
Everyone wants logs at this time of year, which makes them the ideal way to earn right throughout the winter period. By offering faster delivery times than the competition, and offering to carry the wood and stack it, rather than tipping it on the driveway, you can ensure you stand apart from the competition on day one.
Offer warm drinks to the neighborhood
Setting up a neighborhood stall on the corner, or going door to door with your favorite hot chocolate recipe is a great way to earn a little extra money. It’s the time of the year where no one can resist the urge to treat themselves, so why not tap into it by offering them everything they need to satisfy their sweet tooth?
Hire a breakdown truck and rescue stranded motorists
Breakdown trucks really turn into something of a goldmine during winter because of the number of vehicles that seem to break down at the most inconvenient times. By getting your name out there as much as possible, you can ensure that every stranded motorist for miles around has your number on their phone, ready to dial. Ideal if you don’t mind working a few unsociable hours to top up the festive fund.
Work from home so you save on fuel
Okay, so this one isn’t strictly a way to earn money, but saving it is the next best thing. If your job allows it, there are a whole host of tools that will make it so much more efficient for you to get things done from your home office.
Run a dog walking service
Last but not least, why not start a dog walking service? Many owners would welcome the chance to stay inside out of the cold as their four-legged friend stretches their legs, so why not help them do it? It’ll be a fun way to enjoy a walk in the snow, and you’ll find people still want to hire you when the days get longer again.
With winter coming it’s the time to start thinking about how you can earn a little extra money on the side as the nights draw in. Take another look at the hints and tips above, see which one really stands out to you, and then think about how you can make it happen. You never know, your entrepreneurial exploits may prove so fruitful that you have to decide whether you even want to go back to the day job after the festive period. Wouldn’t that be a great way to see in the new year?